minced oath

[ minst-ohth ]

  1. a word used in place of a swear word for the sake of politeness, often resembling the profane word or expression closely enough in sound and syllable structure that the substituted curse is still identifiable: He said, “Dash it!” a minced oath that did not offend those around him.

Origin of minced oath

First recorded in 1790–1800

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